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Recipe: Garlic white bean spread

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I got this recipe from my friend Tracey.  It is easy, versatile, and a powerhouse of nutrition.

Garlic White Bean Spread
3 cloves garlic
2-16 oz cans of Great Northern or Cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
3 T. lime juice
2 T. olive oil
2 T. chopped fresh basil or 1 T. dried
1 T. chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 T. dried
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
Put everything in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  Conversely, you could pour the liquids over the beans in a bowl and mash them with a fork.

Bean spreads are a great substitute for lunch meat or heavy cheese-based dips.  I wouldn’t be able to source this one locally, but the overall footprint of bean-based proteins instead of meat ones can NOT be overstated.

Don’t feel like you have to follow this recipe to the letter; it’s very versatile.  Just about any seasoning will work.  I’ve tried oregano, and that was really good.  I bet rosemary would also be excellent.  Lemon juice instead of lime is also fine, and any old oil that you like will work.

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One thought on “Recipe: Garlic white bean spread

  1. I’ve never tried this with basil – that’s a great suggestion 🙂 As I am of Indian descent, I often make this with 1 or 2 green chillies and a handful of coriander. It’s quite tasty and not so spicy as to overpower the other flavours.

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